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Two in the Shadow (1967)

Midaregumo (original title)
A man falls in love with the widow of a man he killed in a car accident. Eventually she falls in love with him in return.


Mikio Naruse


Nobuo Yamada


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yûzô Kayama ... Shiro Mishima
Yôko Tsukasa ... Yumiko
Mitsukô Kusabue Mitsukô Kusabue ... Ayako, Yumiko's sister (as Mitsuko Kusabue)
Mitsuko Mori Mitsuko Mori ... Katsuko
Mie Hama ... Teruko
Daisuke Katô ... Hayashida
Yoshio Tsuchiya Yoshio Tsuchiya ... Yumiko's husband
Yû Fujiki Yû Fujiki ... Ishikawa, Ayako's husband
Tadao Nakamaru Tadao Nakamaru ... Fujiwara
Fuyuki Murakami Fuyuki Murakami
Gen Shimizu Gen Shimizu
Hisao Toake Hisao Toake
Hisaya Itô Hisaya Itô
Bokuzen Hidari
Naoya Kusakawa Naoya Kusakawa ... Inoue


A husband and wife's love for each other and plans for the future are shattered when the man dies in a car accident. Misery is compounded when the man's parents disinherit his now widow and their former daughter-in-law. In the meanwhile, the chauffeur who accidentally killed a man is racked with guilt. In the melee, the driver and the widow begin to develop feelings for another. Written by aghaemi

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Drama | Romance






Japanese | English

Release Date:

24 April 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Two in the Shadow See more »

Filming Locations:

Towada, Aomori, Japan

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toho Company See more »
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Technical Specs


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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In the shadow of Sirk
17 February 2018 | by nmegaheySee all my reviews

Despite some recent interest in his works in the west, Mikio Naruse has still largely remained in the shadow of his contemporary Yasujiro Ozu, a comparison that has hasn't served Naruse well. Despite some superficial genre similarities however, a wider look at Naruse's work - few of the director's 89 films have been seen outside Japan - shows that the comparison really isn't even merited. Shot in Tohoscope and in colour, Naruse's gorgeous melodrama Scattered Clouds is closer to Douglas Sirk than Ozu, but it's also possible to consider the film's style and subject matter as being influential on other Asian filmmakers like Wong Kar-Wai (In the Mood For Love) and the Korean master of romantic melodrama Hur Jin-Ho (April Snow). The pace is more sedate, but considering the nature of the encounter here, the passions are necessarily of the slow-burn kind.

It takes that long for Yumiko's feelings to change towards the man who was responsible for her husband's death in a car accident. Shiro, a driver for an escort/entertainments company, has been cleared of any wrongdoing, but can't help but feel a sense of guilt for what has happened, particularly when Yumiko is subsequently disinherited from her husband's family protection. It's this sense of guilt on both sides, for different reasons that draws the couple together, and at the same time proves to be an impossible impediment to the love that they eventually feel for each other.

Strikingly shot, delicately understated, with the occasional abstract poetic cutaway to sustain mood and tension, the pacing and balancing of emotions is masterful as the film builds towards a quietly devastating conclusion.

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